Very cool. I knew a little of this story and the various bands and players, but I've never seen it all put together so well before. Thanks!
Small correction: Kiran Sande is not editor of FACT magazine! He left journalism in January 2013
Moral Mondays have been happening throughout the state since the last big one in Raleigh at the end of the Legislative session. There have also been petitions delivered, news conferences held, lawsuits files, and hundreds of Moral Monday arrestees have been slowly dealing with their court cases. There will also be another big Moral Monday on Halifax Mall on December 23rd. Please reconsider the headline "Four months after the last Moral Monday..."
That's why he's billed as an "entertainer" and not an artist. I got free tickets to his show last week and thought what the hell, so I went. I knew two of his songs, both of which are off the 20/20 album. The show was absolutely amazing...no shit! One of the best shows I've ever seen in my life, but not because of the music, because there were lazers and hot chicks and smoke and elevated platforms and a 16 piece backing band who were super talented. I'd never go again though.
He has the "it" factor; charisma, charm, personality; charitable efforts; add that to dancing, singing and acting, and his down to earth personality; he is the whole package and his fans, which I am one of, love him. We have no interest in criticizing him as we just enjoy him as a person. You are wasting your time picking him apart because you lose his sole in the process. Why don't you just sit back and enjoy the show??
It's been 20 years since WXYC was a "college rock" station.
saw him on his last tour at the Cradle; a wonderful show and a very small crowd; maybe 50 people; he was very friendly and the sound was sweet, especially his guitar; highly recommended
Thanks for the review. For the record, "Bo Stevens" is actually Bo Taylor.
One aspect of The Tonk I appreciate is the band member's willingness to stretch themselves. Taylor, for example, is playing drums for the first time and Lane's approach to the pedal steel, also his first time with the instrument, is clearly reverent, not gimmicky.
I heard that he invented the wheel?
I owe a lot of my music tastes and collection to college radio - most specifically to WXYC, but also in part to XDU (AND XPN in Philly). They were an important source for new music that I'm always seeking. But it has been years since I've listened to either of them. At some point, XYC went from new and interesting to extremely obscure and bizarre. It was as if the DJs were having a contest to see who could play the strangest, hardest-to-find song. Most of it was not to my tastes. And even if I were interested in Bulgarian acid-house folk music, it wouldn't have mattered, because the DJ would often be unable to pronounce the name of the band or song. It wasn't educational, it was unlistenable. Fortunately, the decline of local college radio coincided with the advent of internet radio. I still listen to college and independent stations (like XPN) to get my fix of who and what is new to the music scene. They're just farther away. Those stations continue to do what the local stations once did: blend new and old in a mix that will keep people tuned in.
Justin Timberlake is one of my guilty pleasures! And any true SNL fan knows his hosting stint will be the highlight of the year! This article is completely one sided, snarky and rooted in jealousy! -He has never taken himself too seriously and anyone whose seen him dance, sing without a vocal track or play the piano knows Justin had earned his place as a talent in the musical cesspool we're offered NOW! -His music is fun, danceable and not filled with the degradation that we hear so much these days! I should re-read this article, with you in mind as the author, and put in Justin's "Cry me a river!" Give us a break! (by the way, I am a 43 year old professional black woman)
Yeah, I'm jealous of him, too.
To Steve's comment, I listen to Satellite Radio where I can also get NPR. If it wasn't around I'd be more apt to listen to college radio and local public radio stations.
What 'competition'? What 'fight for relevance'?
It's not all about rock all the time - the only local radio show I consistently tune in to is Sarah Ovenall's Divaville Lounge on Sundays to get all the 20's, 30's, and early 40's jazz that our other local jazz format stations tend to ignore. There's something to be said for a DJ's selection and collection of music, as opposed to online services who have no idea how to format this music I love (i.e. Pandora always pushing towards post-war jazz, when I specifically want a pre-war mix).
You spent 177 words rambling on about how much you disliked his past projects. I thought this review was about Mermaids? . The remaining 99 words, 30% of which are quotes from lyrics and not actual review content, leaves me wondering why you didn't explore the record in depth?
Silver lining is that I am now motivated to give the record a listen myself.
Tthe write up on Shawn Luby's the Giving was shockingly offensive, "Listening to a gentle singer with a supple tone and clear diction can feel like being slapped, softly, by a ballerina." WTH is that? Later in the piece she states that his voice is a predicament and a curse. Why is Shawn's voice a predicament? Robin, Barry Gibb, Elliott Smith and Jeff Buckley had similar melancholy falsetto qualities to their voices. She missed writing about Shawn's exquisite opening line in Acrobat's Affair. It's a beautiful moving metaphor. Who the hell misses that??? Someone would rather throw homophobic punches at the artist than to close their eyes and open their hearts . That song is powerful in its gentleness. That is what Humble Tripe is about. IW missed the mark, again.
Question. Is the album even good? Some albums deserve to get bad reviews . Good luck on the next one.
Sorry State is my favorite record label. Very happy for Dan's new venture.
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